Preparing For A Divine Conversation
You are about to engage with the passionate heart of God.
Take time to sit, read, and listen to what God desires to say to you and hear the resonant kindness, gentleness, and passion in His voice.
Pay attention to what rises up in your heart towards Him: gratitude, astonishment, relief, joy, affirmation, and possibly the desire to tell Him, “I knew life with You could be like this!” He loves to hear those words.
Embrace the challenges to your previous mindsets. Is this who you’ve known God to be — or is there a new experience of Him that emerges as you read?
Is there anything that surprises you? It’s okay to be perplexed (Acts 10:17-20) but remember, God is not the author of confusion — we are. In our walk with the Lord, He is always teaching us how to think because that is the definitive key to growth (Proverbs 23:7; Romans 12:2; I Corinthians 2:12-16). When He challenges our thinking, He creates an opportunity for us to unlearn something so that we are no longer stuck.
Think about the implications for God in the truth that He lays before you. If He gives you a command, a promise, or permission, then He has to act towards you in the same context as you, so that together you can explore the truth that sets you free.
For example, if He gives you permission to “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11), this impacts Him and His relationship with you because He also must consider you dead, which means He cannot work on the old man or be sin-conscious towards you!
He loves the implications and joyfully binds Himself to them for our sake!
Consider the questions of exploration that are embedded in these letters. They will help unwrap your thinking, expand your heart, and open up new possibilities.
When you receive a letter from a dear friend, you don’t respond with an academic paper! So throughout these pages, there are invitations to craft personal letters back to God that will capture your thoughts about His thoughts — your feelings about His passion and compassion for you.
We keep precious letters from our loved ones and pour over them again and again. That’s a great way to approach these letters from God. As you read and reread His letters to you, explore them more deeply each time. Notice how God’s Presence is becoming more and more real to you.
When God presents us with truth, He is inviting us to upgrade our relationship with Him.
Here are some great questions to ask:
1. “What are the key truths here?”
2. “What aspects of God’s nature are being revealed to me?”
3. “Who does He want to be for me in this situation?”
4. “What are the key breakthroughs in these truths?”
5. “What obstacle can I overcome with these truths?”
6. “What new part of my identity am I discovering in this dialogue?”
7. “What am I discovering that I would like to explore further?”
8. “What interaction with the Lord is available that I may not have considered before or am now considering in a fresh way?”
9. “If I lived in this upgrade, what would change for me?”
Take time out to write and reflect on it. Love the learning. If what you read clashes with your perception of truth, be a good Berean and search for the truth without prejudice (Acts 17:10-11).
There is no transformation outside of a renewed mind. Enjoy the journey into thinking differently and being with God in a fresh way.
THIS EXCERPT IS FROM GRAHAM’S BOOK THE NATURE OF FREEDOM
Enjoy exploring and getting creative with the Lord!
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